Michael Schumacher apologised for spoiling Lewis Hamilton’s lap at the end of second practice this morning.
Regarding Lewis, I must apologise as I did not see him and was not informed that he was there. As I was planning my lap at that moment and looking ahead, I was unfortunately in his way.
Hamilton described it as a “small misunderstanding”, saying:
It’s always difficult to find a gap out there. I saw him ahead of me and I thought he was on a quick lap – then, all of a sudden, he slowed down to create a gap from the guy in front.
Around here, it’s all about managing the gap between the guy in front and the guy behind. Fortunately, I missed him, so no hard feelings – and I hear he apologised anyway, so it’s all good. There’s no problem.
Hamilton caught Schumacher at the final turn and had to swerve left to avoid hitting the W01. Schumacher had slowed having caught another car at the end of his lap.
At the end of his first day driving on the Valencia Street Circuit Schumacher feels he can go quicker around the track:
It was exciting to drive the track for the first time today, probably even to a bigger extent than I had anticipated yesterday after checking it. So this morning for me was mostly about getting a feeling for the track. You need to get used to it but I found it quite comfortable to drive even if some of the corners are blind. However it’s demanding to get the real rhythm which I have not totally found over one lap yet.
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